|Basic Techiques of Blacksmithing: A Manual for Trainers (Peace Corps, 1982, 102 p.)|
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
* To identify the skills, knowledge, and experience of
participants and trainers
* To discuss ways in which the group's skills and knowledge can be used in this program
Materials: Newsprint and felt-tip pens.
Procedures: Step 1. (5 minutes) Review the objectives and procedures For the session.
Step 2. (5 minutes)
Ask the participants to briefly discuss the value of a group resource assessment.
Draw on the participants' experiences in working with artisans in small-scale development projects.
Step 3 (10 minutes)
Have the group brainstorm a list of interview questions which could help assess the participants'
skills, knowledge and experience.
* To provide focus during the brainstorm, post the key points to be included in the interview: skills, knowledge.
* The resulting questions should be consolidated or pared down so that the list does not exceed 4-5 open-ended questions the will stimulate conversation.
* In this session, the emphasis is not only on those skills, etc. which relate directly to Blacksmithing, but on any resources one might have which would help the group.
Step 4. (5 minutes)
Explain the interview format.
The Interview Format
Step 1 (5 minutes)
Step 2 (30 minutes/15 minutes per person)
Step 3 (10 minutes)
Step 4 (5 minutes) Share the interview sheets with your partner and make any modifications or additions.
Step 5 (10 minutes)
* If the training group is a small one, an option to the written reports would be to have the pairs interview each other, reconvene the groups, and ask each participant to describe his/her partner.
Step 5. (60 minutes)
Have the participants carry out the interview procedure.
Step 6. (5 minutes)
Reconvene the group and facilitate a short discussion of the participants' overall impressions of the resources that exist within the group.
During the discussion, point out a number of the identified skills which are particularly useful/necessary in blacksmithing (e.g., carpentry, construction, auto/farm mechanics, welding).